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Commercial banks close all branches over weekend to prevent overcrowding

By THE NATION

 

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Kasikornbank, Siam Commercial Bank, Krungthai Bank and TMB-Thanachart Bank announced on Friday (March 27) that they would close all branches nationwide on Saturday and Sunday (March 28-29), while electronic services would remain available.

 

 

According to Krungthai Bank’s announcement, the closure decision was made to promote social distancing amid the escalating Covid-19 outbreak and to prevent overcrowding at branches. A large turnout of people is expected to register for the government’s cash handout of Bt5,000 per month.

 

The cash handout campaign will last three months starting April, providing Bt5,000 cash per month to those who are not under social security system (eg temporary employees, freelancers, self-employed persons) and affected by the government’s closure order of business venues.

 

The bank said in the announcement that people should register online to receive their Bt5,000 at www.เราไม่ทิ้งกัน.com from 8pm March 28 onwards, while the registration result will be sent via SMS or registered mail.

 

All branches of the abovementioned banks will open again on March 30.

 

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Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30384969

 

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Posted (edited)

As the main branches are closed on weekends anyway I assume that this now also stretches to the micro-branches in shopping centers etc.?

 

5000 Baht handout at Krungthai (only?).

Expect another significant chaos at the branches and possible breakdown of internet access etc.

Remember to have enough cash available at these times.

 

The other welfare action (meter deposit at MEA/PEA) still tears down the server.

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2 minutes ago, KhunBENQ said:

As the main branches are closed on weekends anyway I assume that this now also stretches to the micro-branches in shopping centers etc.?

Yes

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Covid-19: All commercial bank branches closed this weekend

 

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Thailand's commercial banks have announced they are closing all branches today and tomorrow, March 28th and 29th.

 

Daily News said this will affect all commercial banks: They mentioned SCB, Kasikorn, Bangkok Bank, Krung Thai and Sri Ayudhya as examples.

 

This is to prevent spread of the coronavirus due to a large amount of people that were expected to register for the government's 5,000 baht handouts that are set to continue for the next three months.

 

People have been urged to register online and Kasikorn said those without bank accounts can open one using a mobile app.

 

Registration for the handouts can be done through "www.เราไม่ทิ้งกัน.com"  ("www. rao mai thing gan - we won't desert you.com")

 

Banking can still be done online 24 hours a day. Use apps or internet banking, they said.

 

SCB were among the banks with signs saying they were concerned about Thais and the spread of the virus. They apologized for the inconvenience.

 

Daily News did not say whether the closures were a one off or might be repeated.

 

Source: Daily News

 

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Posted (edited)

talk about the worse possible thing for a bank to say or do during a global freakout!

 

i saw groups of Thais at banks yesterday in Hua Hin. 

 

i am using BB Visa credit card to pay for food wherever possible.

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My US credit union slammed the online gate shut on transferring money out of my account. Just glad I didn't put all my eggs in that one basket.

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8 minutes ago, KhunBENQ said:

BB? Bangkok Bank? You still have the VISA?

And remember: when the networks are overloaded/crashed the credit card is worth the plastic material.

It's obvious they closed the branches in fear of the 5000 Baht stampede.

well i meant to hang on to the cash as long as possible.

all the panic is like the virus clogging up the health care system.

have to flatten the panic curve.

 

 

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GET THE MONEY ... Mr Potatoe ... before it's too late ...

 

 

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So who exactly can claim this 5,000 Baht/month?

 

The GF works for me part-time cleaning my gaff and doing other odd jobs, but as I've been advised to self-isolate by the authorities (like anybody elderly or with a chronic health condition) she can no longer come to work for me until this is over.

 

She says she's asked about this scheme but was told mai dai, something about not having a poor card (whatever that is). I'll still transfer money to her bank account, of course, but the 5K would have been a useful little extra for her.

 

She qualifies as a freelancer which is included in the list of those eligible, but she hasn't been directly "affected by the government’s closure order of business venues", but she is still a victim of the present situation which is beyond her control and none of her fault.

 

Surely the government should be helping her, and is there anything she can do to get them to take notice?

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10 minutes ago, Venom said:

They must be trying to create a panic situation as nobody could possibly be so stupid to give such an order. Amazing Thailand.

And as long as they are filling the ATM's up. Took me 4 tries to get some cash earlier in the week!! Mainly needed cash because TMK won't accept my Kasikorn Debit card for some reason. 😡😡😡😡😷😷😷😷

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